BLM accepting public comment on coal exploration in Rio Blanco County

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The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on an application for coal exploration northwest of Deserado Mine in Rio Blanco County.

Written comments can be mailed to Paul Daggett, BLM White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641, or sent via email to wrfomail@blm.gov. The BLM suggests noting “coal exploration license” in the subject line for emails.

For more information, call Daggett at 970-878-3819. Comments will be accepted through Sept. 26.

MEEKER—The Bureau of Land Management has released an environmental assessment for public comment on an application for a coal exploration license northwest of Deserado Mine in Rio Blanco County.

Blue Mountain Energy, Inc., which operates Deserado Mine, is proposing to drill up to 15 coal exploration wells using a truck-mounted air-water drill rig, the BLM reported in a news release.

Hole depths would vary from 300 to 685 feet. The estimated seven acres of land that would be disturbed would be reseeded and reclaimed once the work is completed.

The exploration project will help the company determine where additional coal reserves may be located near its existing mining operation and leases, the BLM reported.

“This kind of project helps ensure any additional development of federal coal resources is conducted in an orderly manner consistent with multiple use management,” said Kent Walter, BLM White River field manager.

The required coal exploration license would be valid for two years. The company is seeking to complete the project in 2011. Each well should take about a week to drill.

The environmental assessment may be reviewed on the White River Field Office website, www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/wrfo/index.html.

The BLM will accept public comments on the environmental assessment through Sept. 26.

Written comments can be mailed to Paul Daggett, BLM White River Field Office, 220 E. Market St., Meeker, CO 81641, or sent via email to wrfomail@blm.gov.

The BLM suggests noting “coal exploration license” in the subject line for emails.

For more information, call Daggett at 970-878-3819.

The BLM advises that before including address, telephone number, email address, or any other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available.

While individuals may request the BLM withhold personal identifying information from public view, the BLM reported it cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

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